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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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How to Insult Jack White

The only biography of the mysterious genius pulls no punches.

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The White Stripes - "City Lights" (Singles Going Steady)

Five years after the White Stripes' heartbreaking end, "City Lights" is a melancholy echo of what was.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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Three Great Albums Fade in Reflection

Despite their canonical status, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Oracular Spectacular, and White Blood Cells lack the staying power of truly great albums.

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Latin Music Is American Music

For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

A good holiday album for smart, gentle souls who like fires, sweaters, and evocative songwriting, and who avoid the mall on Black Friday.

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Counterbalance No. 101: The White Stripes' 'Elephant'

Counterbalance leaves the Top 100 with an album that everyone knows about, from the Queen of England to the hounds of hell. The black math of the Great List gives us Jack and Meg's 2003 bellwether at #101.

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The Year in Music: November 2010

November 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month full of new releases, award shows, and artist recognition.

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Dex Romweber Duo: "Picture of You" / "Lookout" (MP3)

Move over White Stripes.

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The White Stripes: Icky Thump

If you've ever heard a White Stripes song you liked, you will like Icky Thump.

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San Diego Street Scene, Day One Featuring: The White Stripes, The Killers, Louis XIV, and Garbage

What can you make of a festival that's called a 'street scene' but instead sprawls across a large stadium parking lot?

Dan MacIntosh
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Music Midtown 2005 Featuring Interpol + The White Stripes + Bloc Party + More

The truth was, I really did want to see the bands at Music Midtown more than the ones at Bonnaroo. I swear.

Chase Martyn
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The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

What may be surprising is how easily it leaves the electric guitar in its case, in favor of piano, marimbas, and a production aesthetic that recalls the dull haze of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.

Andrew Gilstrap
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The White Stripes: 22 May 2003 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The songs are stuck in my head, I can understand the fascination with the White Stripes. But I can't get a sense of who Jack and Meg White are in the midst of all this drama, I'm dizzied by the spectacle.

Cori Taratoot
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The White Stripes: Elephant

Just one listen to Elephant, the fourth and latest offering from Jack and Meg White, is proof enough that the Stripes have come to take us to rock nirvana.

Tim Alves
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The White Stripes: 3 April 2002 - Boston

The White Stripes are the real deal. No bass guitar, no samples, no click tracks, no "exploratory jams" -- just monster tunes, earth-shaking guitar, a telepathically intuitive drummer, and a vocal delivery that can evoke Iggy Pop as easily as Gene Vincent.

Brian Neumann
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The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

The first thing that separates the White Stripes from the redundant, boring wank that passes for adventurous music these days is that the White Stripes can actually, you know, rock.

Paul Bruno
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The White Stripes: De Stijl

The White Stripes pony up the goods once again and these "modern white blues" taste like five different flavors of splendid, their kingdom may well come.

Ian Kirkaldy
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